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Community briefs April 29

Apr 28, 2021

The nature of resilience talk April 30

ROCKLAND — On Friday, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m., Dennis Kiley will give a public talk titled "The Nature of Resilience" via Zoom. The program is part of the Friday Dharma Talk Series hosted by The Dancing Elephant. It is open to the community by donation. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

In this program, Kiley will invite participants to consider the Earth as a teacher. Plants and animals have been illustrating, refining and proving resilience since the dawn of time. The group will explore nature's teachings and look into resilience as a verb, process and way of being that involves hope and choices. Kiley will highlight research that illustrates that time in nature that benefits our nervous system.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art in Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all. For more information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/3scsdpex or contact Rachel at rachel@rocklandyoga.com or 594-1694.

Free Workshop: Building Better Caregivers to be held via Zoom May 4

VIRTUAL — Healthy Living for ME is offering a free workshop for caregivers who are assisting loved ones through memory loss or dementia.

Building Better Caregivers will be offered Tuesday, May 4, and running through June 8. Workshops participants will meet weekly from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Zoom.

This six-session program helps caregivers understand the changes their loved ones are going through. Topics include managing caregiver stress, dealing with difficult care partner behaviors, making decisions and planning for the future, communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals, legal issues, hiring help and more.

This series is free and open to all; registration is required. Call 620-1642 or email jpaquet@healthylivingforme.org for more information and registration.

Lunch box meal prep May 4

VIRTUAL — Packing a lunch can help save money and stack on track with health and wellness goals. Join Nutrition Educator Kaitlyn Johnson Tuesday, May 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to learn how to meal prep some fresh lunches that will help save time and money throughout the week.

This class is free; pre-registration is required to obtain virtual access. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

“Take Action Against Bullying” class May 4

VIRTUAL — Bullying has become such a widespread problem it is now recognized as a major mental health concern for children and youth, having been found to leave long-term emotional scars and psychological effects similar to anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress.

This workshop, lead by Parent Support Coordinator Rebecca Williamson, will help identify warning signs of both the victim and the bully. Prevention and effective coping skills will be explored. This workshop will be held Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mystery book club at Thomaston Public Library May 6

THOMASTON — On Thursday, May 6, Thomaston Public Library’s Mystery Book Club will meet over Zoom at 2 p.m. to discuss "Christine Falls" by Benjamin Black.

"Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville’s fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black’s debut marks him as a true master of the form.”

June's Book Club selection will be decided on at the meeting. Contact the library at 354-2453 or at library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information or to be added to the email list.

Free monthly meditations begin May 6

VIRTUAL — A new monthly meditation practice with Martina Dittmar is offered at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center. These monthly meditation sessions will assist participants to connect with their body’s inner wisdom.

Dittmar will use guided meditation using breathwork, sound, imagery and other techniques. This session will begin Thursday, May 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will continue on the first Thursday of each month.

Dittmar is an Ayurvedic practitioner and spiritual mentor. For more information on Dittmar's practice, reach her at radiantlifewithin.com.

This event will be online on Zoom and is open to all. For more information, call the Beth Wright Center at 664-0339.

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